Lunchtime News Monday 28th February 2022


City in the Var prepares to welcome Ukrainian nationals - Twinned with Berdyansk in Ukraine, the city of La Seyne-sur-mer in the Var has announced that it is preparing to welcome refugees. The city says it is ready to accommodate a hundred Ukrainian nationals in response to the current emergency. La Seyne has been twinned with the city since 1973 and today wishes to show its loyalty by helping its inhabitants and the Ukrainian people in general.

Rally this evening in Menton in support of Ukraine - Meanwhile in the Alpes Maritimes a rally in support of Ukraine has been organized this Monday evening in Menton. An environmental association has called on the people of Menton to come together at 8pm on the Francis Palmero esplanade to show their support for Ukraine. Since Friday, Ukrainian flags had already been installed at the Town Hall by the municipality as a sign of solidarity.

Ukrainian sailor - A Ukrainian sailor who tried to sink a Russian's yacht in Majorca in Spain after news that war had broken out has declared: 'I'd do it again'. The 55-year-old mechanic said he attempted to sink the vessel because he claims, “the yachts owner is a head of a Russian state arms firms. The luxury yacht, named Lady Anastasia, was moored at Port Adriano by Alexander Mikheev. The sailor, who had worked on the yacht for several years, decided to sink the ship shortly after Russia's invasion began. After his arrest he admitted responsibility but was freed by a judge. It is still not clear if he has been charged with an offence. 

Macron warns of long war between Russia and Ukraine - Meanwhile speaking at France’s annual agricultural fair on Sunday, French President Emmanuel Macron warned that “the world must brace for a long war between Russia and Ukraine”.

Earth tremor - An earthquake with a 2.9 magnitude has been recorded in Vésubie on Sunday. Since Friday evening, around twenty tremors were recorded in the hinterland of Nice. The most powerful reached a magnitude of 2.9 on the Richter scale. If some tremors were only detectable by measuring instruments, several were felt by the inhabitants, who testified on social media.

Two dentists to appear court today at start of six-week trial - A dentist from Marseille is to appear in court today after more than 300 complaints were filed by patients. Between 2006 and 2012, nearly 500 patients claim to be victims of the actions of two practitioners: 41-year-old Lionel Guedj, and his 70-year-old father Carnot Guedj, also a dentist. Patients had been promised "a star's smile" but ended up with their teeth damaged and in some cases healthy teeth being pulled out and then replaced with a bridge.

Easing of covid measures - From today Monday 28th February, certain covid measure are to be lifted in France such as the requirement to wear masks in museums, cinemas and restaurants, however, it will remain compulsory in transport, shops and at work. Also, from today only one test is necessary for vaccinated contact cases.


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